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Tragic Helicopter Crash Claims Lives of Iran’s President and Top Officials

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National – (WDNews) Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have died in a helicopter crash, according to state media reports May 19, 2024. The crash occurred in the foggy, mountainous region of East Azerbaijan province.

The incident prompted an hourslong search through difficult terrain before rescuers found the wreckage and confirmed the deaths.

Along with Raisi and Amirabdollahian, the governor of East Azerbaijan province and several other officials and bodyguards were also on board and perished in the crash. State TV has not yet provided details on what might have caused the helicopter to go down.

The loss marks a significant and tragic moment for Iran, leaving the nation in mourning and uncertainty.